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in the same manner or form; similarly:
They treated all customers alike.
to the same degree; equally:
All three were guilty alike.
having resemblance or similarity; having or showing no marked or important difference:
He thinks all politicians are alike.
Contemporary Examples

Recipe This versatile cabbage is enjoyed by Italians and Koreans alike.
Fresh Picks Lidia Bastianich July 13, 2009

China has emerged as a key campaign issue in 2010, invoked by Democrats and Republicans alike.
China Invades the Midterms John Avlon October 20, 2010

The outpouring of comments was overwhelmingly positive, coming from Americans and Iranians alike.
Gay, Iranian And Stylish in Exile Nina Strochlic February 26, 2014

He promised that he would transcend the divisions of the past by uniting Democrats and Republicans alike.
Sticking It to Rahm John Batchelor January 28, 2009

Stevens received a standing ovation in the Senate and then an hours-long tribute from grateful Democrats and Republicans alike.
We Salute You, Ted Stevens! Benjamin Sarlin November 19, 2008

Historical Examples

“I can’t understand why you are having them all alike,” she complained.
Phyllis Dorothy Whitehill

Who finds not Providence all good and wise, alike in what it gives, and what denies?
Essay on Man Alexander Pope

No two children are alike, and no two children have exactly similar needs.
The New Education Scott Nearing

No two mines are alike, and he must be ready for all sorts of emergencies.
Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan

She treats us all alike; sings when we ask her to; always ready for a romp.
The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath

adjective (postpositive)
possessing the same or similar characteristics: they all look alike to me
in the same or a similar manner, way, or degree: they walk alike

c.1300, aliche, from Old English gelic and/or onlice “similar,” from Proto-Germanic *galikam “associated form” (cf. Old Frisian gelik, German gleich, Gothic galeiks, Old Norse glikr; see like (adj.)).

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